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Introduction to Focusing – Improving our relationship with ourselves

introductory Course

Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that...

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Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that we attend to our experiencing. It can help us to step out of our habitual ways of relating to ourselves, others, situations and into a way of experiencing that is more nuanced, rich and alive. Focusing is a natural skill that anyone can develop and Focusing-listening partnerships are a brilliant resource for supporting our wellbeing and ongoing self exploration. Focusing could be seen as an antidote to the fast driven ways of the modern world – and perhaps can help us steer a calmer path through it! Learning Focusing can help

  • developing more of a connection with your body
  • improving your relationship with yourself
  • improving your self esteem
  • supporting you with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety
  • connecting with your intuition
The workshop will be highly experiential and will include plenty of opportunity to practice the Focusing process. There will be time to explore the concept of the ‘felt sense’ and the particular way of Focusing listening, as well as how Focusing can be used in day to day life. There is the option to complete a second workshop, then potentially four more weekend workshops which lead to a BFA Certificate in Focusing Skills. Once you have learnt this valuable process you can practice Focusing on your own or in a Focusing-listening partnership. Practising Focusing can be a lifelong skill for self awareness and support. For more information or to book visit www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396 Full address of training venue: The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF

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2 Jun 2018 - 2 Jun 2018

Brighton, BN1, south east

Suzi Mackenzie's BFA Page

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Introduction to Focusing day two

introductory Course

This workshop follows on from my Introduction to Focusing day one. You may choose to attend this second day after...

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This workshop follows on from my Introduction to Focusing day one. You may choose to attend this second day after having attended one of my day one workshops or if you have attended a one day Focusing Introduction with another teacher. This day two of the Introduction will provide further opportunity to consolidate your learning from day one, gain more practice with Focusing and learn about Clearing a Space. Clearing a Space is a process which can be used as a standalone practice, useful for dealing with overwhelm, or as a step within the Focusing process. We will also explore the Focusing attitude. After attending this second day of the Introduction you would be in a position to seek a Focusing partner through the BFA's Focusing partners pool. Practice of Focusing with a partner is a great way to look after yourself and cultivate a different sort of awareness. For more information or to book go to www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396 Full address of training venue: Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF

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3 Jun 2018 - 3 Jun 2018

Brighton, BN1, south east

Suzi Mackenzie's BFA Page

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The Path of the Focusing Practitioner

specialist Course

This 3-day residential retreat is for both qualified practitioners and BFA Practitioner trainees nearing the end of their training. It...

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This 3-day residential retreat is for both qualified practitioners and BFA Practitioner trainees nearing the end of their training. It is an opportunity to meet with fellow travellers for encouragement, input, inspiration and support. The event will include the following: - Being true to your own unique gifts, strengths and direction - Deepening your trust in the wisdom of the body and the ‘we space’ - The Practitioner-client relationship - Myth-busting! Are we inadvertently narrowing our perception of what Focusing is? - Sensing for the next step in your training or budding Focusing enterprise - Other topics requested by participants - Plenty of Focusing time - Shared silent space before breakfast each day for yoga and/or meditation (optional!) - Space for resting, walks and fun stuff Venue: The Purley Chase Centre, near Mancetter in Warwickshire (nearest station Atherstone). Times: The event will commence with an evening meal at 7pm on Friday evening (arrivals from 4pm) and end around 2pm on Monday after lunch. Cost: Workshop fee £150 (or what you can afford) payable to Kay. The venue fee is payable by donation directly to Purley Chase. Suggested donation for all meals and 3 nights’ accommodation: Single en suite room: £168; Dormitory-style room with shared bathroom: £138. I will make a group booking with the venue – you do need to book individually. Booking: Please complete a booking form and send a £40 deposit to secure your place. Please email me for further details or to request a booking form.

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8 Jun 2018 - 11 Jun 2018

The Purley Chase Centre, near Atherstone, west midlands

Kay Hoffmann's BFA Page

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Focusing-Oriented Therapy Level 3. Advanced Empathy Skills and more in FOT

focusing skills certificate Course

his course builds on the theory and skills already explored in FOT courses Level 1 & 2.

In this...

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his course builds on the theory and skills already explored in FOT courses Level 1 & 2.

In this course we explore:

  1. How we use Focusing in our personal and professional development
  2. Overview of previous learning.
  3. The development of grounded presence in ourselves and its role in empathy and relational depth
  4. The different Levels of Empathetic responses
  5. Empathy for self, how we can explore our own inner responses to ourselves and others, including our configurations of self.
  6. Using Art to explore configurations of self and other expressions of our felt sense
  7. Exploration of Movement in Therapy.
  8. Further resources and training in FOT.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for people who have completed my Focusing-Oriented therapy courses Level 1 &2. May also be suitable for therapists who have completed other Focusing training.

Date: 9th and 10th June 2018  Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm

Cost: £140.00

 

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9 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018

Manchester, north west

John Threadgold's BFA Page

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 4

focusing skills certificate Course

Level Four - The Inner Critic During Level Four we explore challenges that you might encounter as Focuser and Companion. This...

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Level Four - The Inner Critic During Level Four we explore challenges that you might encounter as Focuser and Companion. This includes the inner critic and its judgments which may come to you in words and in bodily sensations such as blushing. On the second day we look at symbols and images including Focusing with dreams and Gene Gendlin’s methods. You will be invited to work with you own dream in a group exercise. There will be group discussions, experiential work in pairs and Wholebody Focusing exercises. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/

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11 Jun 2018 - 12 Jun 2018

Stanmore, Harrow, london

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Deep Listening: Introducing Focusing: Bristol

introductory Course

Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at...

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Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at home in your own body This workshop will introduce a practice known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and listening, It is a reflective practice that you learn for yourself and can be done on your own or in partnership with a friend or colleague. It can be woven into other areas of your life, such as mindfulness, healing practices and therapy.

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16 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018

Bristol, south west

Peter Gill's BFA Page

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Focusing Skills Certificate Level 2 with John Threadgold and Russ Kendall

focusing skills certificate Course

Focusing for everybody Level 2 This course follows on from the Introduction to Focusing Level 1 course, and can also be...

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Focusing for everybody Level 2 This course follows on from the Introduction to Focusing Level 1 course, and can also be suitable for anyone who has completed a Level 1 Course with Russel and Myself, or another BFA Focusing teacher.  This course costs  £125 including a 12 Hour Focusing / CPD certificate In this course we will explore

  1. Recap on Level 1
  2. . Experiential Exercises re grounding and anchoring.
  3. A Little more on the philosophy of focusing including a group experiential exercise
  4. The Four ways that we relate to what we experience, including the two focusing attitudes, and the implications of this for our lives and our families and friends.
  5. An exploration of our different aspects (configurations) of self, and how we experience then, including an in depth  exploration of the inner critic(s)
  6.  Using Art to work with the core noticing observer self resources and the inner critic
  7. Practice of Focusing skills both as a Focuser  Focusing companion, and observer. John or Russ will act as a resource for each group.
  8. Exploring further resources and training in Focusing as a
This is a deeply experiential course. We will offer direct teaching,Q&A, demonstrations from your tutors,group experiential exercises, and small group work. everyone will have a chance to observe, focusing and listening, and be able to practice focusing and listening skills. Who are your trainers? John Threadgold. B.A. Hons M.A. MBACP (Accred)   is a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist, and Supervisor, and is a recognised Focusing Teacher by the Focusing Institute and the British Focusing Association.He is also BACP Accredited for counselling and psychotherapy, a qualified supervisor, and a member of the BACP The Focusing Institute, British Focusing Association, the Trauma and Abuse group ( TAG) the ACC. He runs a private counselling practice called New Focus Therapy. See www.newfocustherap.co.uk .   Russell Kendall B.SC ( Hons ) MSc Psych. MBACP (Accred.) is an experienced therapist and mindfulness teacher with 20 years’ experience of mindfulness practice. He integrates Mindfulness into his therapeutic practice and runs mindfulness groups. He is also a Psychology lecturer and holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology.  To Book.  Please contact John Threadgold at New Focusing Therapy. www.newfocustherapy.co.uk Tel 020 8330 7341 Or Russ Kendall   www.person2personcounselling.co.uk  Tel 07794 713573  

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16 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018

Event Venue: The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP, south west

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Focusing Level 3: Companionship

focusing skills certificate Course

Learn how to support the Inner Relationship of the Focuser with their felt experience. Deepen your own Focusing skills. By...

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Learn how to support the Inner Relationship of the Focuser with their felt experience. Deepen your own Focusing skills. By the end of Level 3, you will have a deeper understanding of the Focusing process, and will be able to guide yourself through the process. You will also be able to support another Focuser with your listening skills.

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16 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018

Liverton, Devon, south west

Fiona Parr's BFA Page

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Focusing weekly drop-in

introductory Course

8 Mar 2018 - 17 May 2018

Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street, london

Alex Brew's BFA Page

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Deep Listening: 5 week online course begins

introductory Course

This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice...

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This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as Mindfulness Meditation or therapy. Some of the skills you will learn: • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond. 5 weeks starts 2nd May. 7-9pm Online course through zoom

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2 May 2018 - 2 May 2018

Online, skype worldwide

Peter Gill's BFA Page

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Workshop 2: A companion on the journey: Stroud

focusing skills certificate Course

Workshop 2 of the BFA series: Exploring the skills of being a companion Topics: Listening skills Listening principles and practice Dwelling at the edge The...

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Workshop 2 of the BFA series: Exploring the skills of being a companion Topics: Listening skills Listening principles and practice Dwelling at the edge The felt sense Facilitative Language How the body speaks 5 Week evening course course 7-9.30pm begins May 8th

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8 May 2018 - 8 May 2018

Stroud, south west

Peter Gill's BFA Page

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Radical Acceptance: How everything inside is on your side

introductory Course

Are you "at war" with yourself? or find it hard to accept aspects of yourself? Do your inner critics get...

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Are you "at war" with yourself? or find it hard to accept aspects of yourself? Do your inner critics get the better of you? Are there feelings you wish you never had? and would you like to be at peace with yourself, harnessing all your feelings and energies? if so you may be relived to know… Everything inside of you is on your side. The embodied practice known as ‘Focusing’ gives us a trustworthy way of finding deep acceptance and compassion towards every feeling inside. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring compassion and curiosity to even the most tricky aspects of ourself (think of the part of you that acts compulsively or you harsh inner judge). Once learnt, we will no longer have to be at war with any part of us…. and we can even discover the treasure these parts hold. At this free talk/taster, we will get to practice a key skill that begins us on our journey of self acceptance and learn more about why we have no enemies within. 7.30 - 8.30pm Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY, Bristol Register by contacting me.

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17 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

Hamilton House, Bristol, south west

Peter Gill's BFA Page

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Introduction to Focusing

Course

This focusing weekend is being run by Jutika, for more information contact her dhjutika@hotmail.com

19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

Endcliffe Park, Sheffield 11, yorkshire and humberside

Jutika Healy's BFA Page

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Focusing Level 2: Being a Focusing Companion

focusing skills certificate Course

Practise the listening skills that enable you to companion someone else in a Focusing partnership. Expand your Focusing skills and...

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Practise the listening skills that enable you to companion someone else in a Focusing partnership. Expand your Focusing skills and deepen your ability to listen to yourself encourage your personal growth and development. By the end of Level 2, you will be able to join a peer group of Focusers, form a Focusing partnership, and attend further or advanced classes and workshops.

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19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

Liverton, Devon, south west

Fiona Parr's BFA Page

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Introduction to Focusing Level 1 with John Threadgold and Russ Kendall

focusing skills certificate Course

Introduction to Focusing 26th and 27th May 2018 Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course...

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Introduction to Focusing 26th and 27th May 2018 Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course on Focusing. This course does not assume any knowledge of Focusing. Anyone interested in Focusing is welcome to join. Therapists interested in Focusing for personal and professional development, as well as Focusing-Oriented Therapy are also welcome to join the course and will gain from this, and we are happy to award a 12 Hour CPD certificate on attendance. There will be no more than 8 Participants on the course. Where is the course being held and when? The course is over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)  26th May  and and Sunday 27th May  2018 from 10am to 5pm. Venue - The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP What does the course Cost?  The cost is £125 per person, including 12 Hours of training, a certificate of attendance and notes. What does the course cover? The course covers the following area.

  • What is focusing?
  • How to spot when we and others are focusing naturally?
  • Focusing skills, including how to use focusing for wellbeing creativity and others issues.
  • Focusing Partnership Skills including:
  • How to Focus on your own
  • Focusing with a companion as both a Focuser and a Companion
  • Focusing companion  skills including reflective listening that help people to focus better
  • Information on further focusing training, and focusing resources.
  • How to find a Focusing Partner.
  • Further resources in Focusing including information on Level 2.
You will receive a comprehensive set of notes which will underpin the course. We will also offer teaching, question and answer, discussion, demonstrations of focusing and also opportunities to practice Focusing using pair small group work depending on the numbers of people who attend. On day one everybody has an opportunity to try focusing with either John or Russell. We will also demonstrate both Focusing and Listening skills over the two days. On day two you will also have the opportunity to practice Focusing partnership skills with each other. Russ and  John will act as a support and a resource when you are focusing or companioning the focuser. Focusing Partnerships On completing this course, you will be able to join the BFA Focusing Partnership List and the Find a Focusing Partner Facebook Group. BFA Skills Certificate and additional training available. This is the first of 5 training courses, 60 Hours of training, completion of which leads to a BFA Focusing Skills Certificate which recognises your training in Focusing partnership skills for a peer partnership. This course is a stand alone course. Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course on Focusing. This course does not assume any knowledge of Focusing. Anyone interested in Focusing is welcome to join. Therapists interested in Focusing for personal and professional development, as well as Focusing-Oriented Therapy are also welcome to join the course and will gain from this, and we are happy to award a 12 Hour CPD certificate on attendance. Where is the course being held and when? The course is over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)  26th and 27th May 2018. Venue - The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP What does the course Cost?  The cost is £125 per person, including 12 Hours of training, a certificate of attendance and notes as well a tea and coffee during the course. What does the course cover? The course covers the following area.
  • What is focusing?
  • How to spot when we and others are focusing naturally?
  • Focusing skills, including how to use focusing for wellbeing creativity and others issues.
  • Focusing Partnership Skills including:
  • How to Focus on your own
  • Focusing with a companion as a focusing partner.
  • Listening and reflecting skills that help people to focus better
  • Information on further focusing training, and focusing resources.
  • How to find a Focusing Partner.
How is the course taught? You will receive a comprehensive set of notes which will underpin the course. We will also offer teaching, question and answer, discussion, demonstrations of focusing and also opportunities to practice Focusing using Small groups. Everyone will get the change to Focusing, observe focusing, and be a focusing partner. Focusing Partnerships On completing this course, and if you feel ready, you will be able to join the BFA Focusing Partnership List and the Find a Focusing Partner (BFA Facebook Group ) BFA Skills Certificate and additional training available. This is the first of 5 training courses, 60 Hours of training, completion of which leads to a BFA Focusing Skills Certificate which recognises your training in Focusing partnership skills for a peer partnership. Who are your trainers? John Threadgold. B.A. Hons M.A. MBACP (Accred)   He is a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist, and Supervisor, and is a recognised Focusing Teacher by the Focusing Institute and the British Focusing Association. He is also BACP Accredited for counselling and psychotherapy, a qualified supervisor, and a member of the BACP The Focusing Institute, British Focusing Association, the Trauma and Abuse group ( TAG) the ACC. He runs a private counselling practice called New Focus Therapy. See www.newfocustherap.co.uk .   Russell Kendall B.SC ( Hons ) MSc Psych. MBACP (Accred.) is an experienced therapist and mindfulness teacher with 20 years’ experience of mindfulness practice. He integrates Mindfulness into his therapeutic practice and runs mindfulness groups. He is also a Psychology lecturer and holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology.  To Book.  Please contact John Threadgold at New Focusing Therapy. www.newfocustherapy.co.uk Tel 020 8330 7341 Or Russ Kendall   www.person2personcounselling.co.uk  Tel 07794 713573  

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26 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP, south east

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Workshop 2: The Art of Listening

focusing skills certificate Course

The follow-up workshop to my introductory workshop on Focusing: the principles of listening, ways to respond to the focuser's  felt...

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The follow-up workshop to my introductory workshop on Focusing: the principles of listening, ways to respond to the focuser's  felt sense, Focusing partnerships, and empathy.

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26 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

Clapham SW12, london

Peter Afford's BFA Page

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Creativity and Values into Action

focusing skills certificate Course

This weekend will include more opportunity to nurture creativity and intuition. We will look at how Focusing may relate to...

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This weekend will include more opportunity to nurture creativity and intuition. We will look at how Focusing may relate to your values or spirituality and how we can work with action steps. If you have completed all of the five weekends you receive the Focusing Skills Certificate. This workshop is suitable for people who have completed a one or two day Introduction to Focusing. This weekend workshop makes up days 9 and 10 of a Skills Certificate in Focusing. For more information or to book visit www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396 Full address of training venue: Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF

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26 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

Brighton, BN1, south east

Suzi Mackenzie's BFA Page

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Focusing Skills Certificate Foundation Online Course with Dr Rob Matthews (Module 1 of 5)

focusing skills certificate Course

The online Forward Living Focusing Foundation Course, the first module in this BFA Focusing Skills Certificate Program, is the best...

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The online Forward Living Focusing Foundation Course, the first module in this BFA Focusing Skills Certificate Program, is the best way to get a taste for Focusing, to check it out and feel the transformational breath of fresh air as it begins to flow more easily in your life. During this first module, we will teach the core skills of Focusing, a method that will enable you to feel, understand and express the depth, mystery, and meaning of your unique life. These new skills are also very practical and practice will generate many new possibilities for how your life can expand, change and move forward. You will not only discover more of your vast possibilities but also how to find more ease and inner movement in those places where you feel restricted and stuck. This online course teaches everything you need to get started with Focusing. It is the foundation for other programs that include Focusing Skills Certificate, an in-depth course that results in a certificate. In addition, we will offer other workshops in applying the core skill of Focusing to different life situations. This Course consists of 6 online classes, that will take place on following Sundays at 6.30 PM (CET): Meeting 1) First steps with focusing -21 January 2018 Meeting 2) The Body Knows - 4 February Meeting 3) The Felt Sense of the Situation - 11 February Meeting 4) Supporting the Unfolding - 18 February Meeting 5) Partner Power - 25 February Meeting 6) Deepening Our Listening - 4 March Each class will last 2 hours, beginning at 6.30PM. Classes will be held online via ZOOM. As part of the Course, you will receive the following: - 30 min 1-on-1 entry session with Rob Matthews, your trainer. This session takes place before the beginning of the course so that you can experience what focusing is and how you could benefit from it. - 1h 1-on-1 focusing session with Rob, This session will be scheduled for you early in February, so that you can deepen your focusing practice and accelerate your learning in the second half of the course. - Membership of the course private Facebook group - Downloadable (PDF) session handouts - Weekly exercises and practices to strengthen your learning - 20% off for any additional focusing sessions with Rob (standard prices available here: http://robcmatthews.com/index.php/learn-the-art-of-focusing/)- we would like you to benefit from our best experience so that you can learn as fast as possible. The price of this 6-classes module is - Early bird: £125 / 140 EUR (until January 1st 2018) - Regular: £150 / 170 EUR (after January 1st 2018) To register for the course, please send an email to alina.gwozdziewicz@gmail.com to receive further details regarding payment and organization. If you would like to participate but some of the dates don't suit you or the timing is unfortunate, please contact Alina anyway, we will be opening other groups and/or adjust this one if need be. If you are still unsure if this is the right next step for you then we are offering a free 30-minute consultation to help you find out more - please contact us via email (alina.gwozdziewicz@gmail.com). Please bear in mind that the number of places is limited to 6 and your place is booked for you at the moment of payment. If the number exceeds 6, we will open another group and announce the dates as soon as possible and some movements between the groups will be available for your convenience before the course starts. Once the course begins, the groups are closed. This is a group course and the group experience is extremely important for our students. Click here for more details

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11 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018

online, skype worldwide

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Everyday Focusing: Online “mini” course

specialist Course

Everyday Focusing How can you navigate your daily life in connection to your deeper values and knowing. How can we stop...

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Everyday Focusing How can you navigate your daily life in connection to your deeper values and knowing. How can we stop and check inside to see if something feels right? How can we not get taken over by a part of us? Focusing is not just something we do in a formal way: it is a skill or way of being that can infuse your everyday life. One the last few years I have been exploring how to bring the tools and philosophy of Focusing into my everyday experience - to feel it in my bones so to speak. Some of the skills and topics we will explore: The art of pausing and checking Learning to see who is 'driving" your life Carrying all of your parts with you Emergency self empathy! Intuitive knowing Course starts April 10th, Four weekly sessions 7.15-8.45pm GMT. Costs £65.

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10 Apr 2018 - 10 Apr 2018

Online, skype worldwide

Peter Gill's BFA Page

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The gifts of the body in Focusing and listening

specialist Course

This residential event is open to anyone with experience of Focusing and companioning in peer-partnership. The themes we will explore...

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This residential event is open to anyone with experience of Focusing and companioning in peer-partnership. The themes we will explore together include:

  • sensing our whole 'alive' body
  • inviting movement
  • welcoming silence
  • connecting more fully with one another
  • focusing in nature
There will be optional yoga and/or meditation each morning before breakfast. The event begins with an evening meal on Friday April 20th and ends at 4pm on Sunday 22nd with the option to stay for an extra day of retreat and practice to leave at 2pm on Monday 23rd. For further details please email: kay.hoffmann@homecall.co.uk

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20 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018

The Purley Chase Centre, near Atherstone, west midlands

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Introduction to Focusing – Improving our relationship with ourselves

introductory Course

Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that...

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Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that we attend to our experiencing. It can help us to step out of our habitual ways of relating to ourselves, others, situations and into a way of experiencing that is more nuanced, rich and alive. Focusing is a natural skill that anyone can develop and Focusing-listening partnerships are a brilliant resource for supporting our wellbeing and ongoing self exploration. Focusing could be seen as an antidote to the fast driven ways of the modern world – and perhaps can help us steer a calmer path through it! Learning Focusing can help

  • developing more of a connection with your body
  • improving your relationship with yourself
  • improving your self esteem
  • supporting you with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety
  • connecting with your intuition
The workshop will be highly experiential and will include plenty of opportunity to practice the Focusing process. There will be time to explore the concept of the ‘felt sense’ and the particular way of Focusing listening, as well as how Focusing can be used in day to day life. There is the option to complete a second workshop, then potentially four more weekend workshops which lead to a BFA Certificate in Focusing Skills. Once you have learnt this valuable process you can practice Focusing on your own or in a Focusing-listening partnership. Practising Focusing can be a lifelong skill for self awareness and support. For more information or to book visit www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396 Full address of training venue: The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF

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28 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018

Brighton, BN1, south east

Suzi Mackenzie's BFA Page

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Empathy for self and others. A Mindfulness and Focusing-oriented approach

introductory Course

Empathy for Self and Others: A Mindfulness and Focusing-Oriented Approach 28th and 29th April

  Cost £125. 12 hours CPD Course Contents and...

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Empathy for Self and Others: A Mindfulness and Focusing-Oriented Approach 28th and 29th April

  Cost £125. 12 hours CPD Course Contents and overview:   1. Empathy – definitions and the importance of empathy when relating to self and others. 2. Exploring how empathy is nurtured or blocked. 3. Practical and experiential ways of becoming more empathic:
  1. a) Mindful awareness and acceptance of our bodily sensations 
  2. b) Mindful and empathic response to aspects of self
  3. c) Using art work and other creative ways to enhance empathy 
  4. d) Listening to others and resonating with them on a deeper level 
  5. e) Enhancing empathic responses through offering deepening propositions and deepening conversations.
  Training methods:
  • Discussions, Question and Answer sessions
  • Mindfulness and Focusing exercises
  • Experiential paired / triad work
Trainers: Russell Kendall MBACP (Accred.) is an experienced therapist and mindfulness teacher with 20 years’ experience of mindfulness practice. He integrates Mindfulness into his therapeutic practice and runs mindfulness groups. He is also a Psychology lecturer and holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology.   John Threadgold MBACP (Accred.) is an experienced Focusing-Oriented therapist and supervisor. He holds an MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy and is recognised as a Focusing Teacher by the Focusing Institute and the British Focusing Association. Feedback from our  course. 
'An excellent weekend with two highly-skilled trainers leading the group through mindfulness and focusing techniques to a greater understanding of empathy with authentic regard for each individual's emotional safety.  I feel I have grown personally from the thoughtfully delivered experiential exercises and will be taking this new knowledge into my professional role too.  It was a privilege to be part of the experience'.
Venue: The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, West Sussex, PO10 8SP. Please note this is a wheelchair accessible venue.   To book please contact: John Threadgold 0208 330 7341

john@newfocustherapy.co.uk www.newfocustherapy.co.uk

or Russell Kendall 01243 267708/07794 713573

rwkendall@hotmail.co.uk

http://www.person2personcounselling.co.uk/ 

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28 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018

The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP, south east

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Focusing & Dreams

specialist Course

A weekend workshop on exploring dreams with Focusing.

28 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018

Clapham SW12, london

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LEVEL V : A reprocessing of all the levels culminating in relating to my Faultfinder(s) through Focusing in Thinking at the Edge mode

focusing skills certificate Course

AND if there is time and space, there is always more...

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Liverpool, north west

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Embodied intelligence: Introducing Focusing: Bristol

introductory Course

Develop radical self compassion Heal emotional difficulties Find your own inner compass Learn to listen to your body’s...

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Develop radical self compassion Heal emotional difficulties Find your own inner compass Learn to listen to your body’s messages This workshop will introduce a practice known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and list2015WLBCA4ening, It is a reflective practice that you learn for yourself and can be done on your own or in partnership with a friend or colleague. It can be woven into other areas of your life, such as mindfulness, healing practices and therapy. You will learn how to: Develop the key qualities of curiosity, interest and inner kindness Be safe and respectful with yourself and others in Focusing The steps of the Focusing journey Develop self-compassion Practise Focusing on your own Practise Focusing with someone else

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17 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

Bristol, south east

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LEVEL V: A reprocessing of al the levels culminating in relating to my Faultfinder(s) through Focusing in Thinking at the Edge mode

focusing skills certificate Course

AND if there is time and space, there is always more...

17 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

Athens Greece, english speakers abroad

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Embodied Intelligence: Free talk and taster

introductory Course

Get out of your head and access your inner wisdom. Do you get stuck in your thoughts? Do you find it...

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Get out of your head and access your inner wisdom. Do you get stuck in your thoughts? Do you find it hard to know what is truly right for you? Do you struggle with connecting to what your body and what you deeply feel and value? Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at home in your own body. This free talk/taster will introduce a life skill known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as mindfulness or yoga. 7.30 - 8.30pm Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY, Bristol Register by contacting me.

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8 Feb 2018 - 8 Feb 2018

Bristol, south west

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LEVEL IV: Responding from presence to my Faultfinder(s).

focusing skills certificate Course

A new relating to my inner and outer critic(s)

10 Feb 2018 - 11 Feb 2018

Liverpool, north west

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Embodied Intelligence: Free talk and taster Stroud

introductory Course

Get out of your head and access your inner wisdom. Do you get stuck in your thoughts? Do you find it...

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Get out of your head and access your inner wisdom. Do you get stuck in your thoughts? Do you find it hard to know what is truly right for you? Do you struggle with connecting to what your body and what you deeply feel and value? Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at home in your own body. This free talk/taster will introduce a life skill known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as mindfulness or yoga. 7.30pm, St Lukes Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Rd, Stroud

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15 Feb 2018 - 15 Feb 2018

Stroud., south west

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 2

introductory Course

This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has...

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This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has already had an introduction to Focusing. Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. These two day schools can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and also form the first twelve hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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17 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018

Canterbury, south east

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Focusing in Helping Relationships

specialist Course

A workshop for experienced focusers who want to mix some Focusing into other settings, and maybe to introduce Focusing to...

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A workshop for experienced focusers who want to mix some Focusing into other settings, and maybe to introduce Focusing to new people.

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17 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018

Clapham SW12, london

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LEVEL IV: Responding from presence to my Faultfinder(s).

focusing skills certificate Course

A new relating to my inner and outer critic(s).

24 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018

Athens Greece, english speakers abroad

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LEVEL III: Recognising the language of the blocking,Preventive and Standstill parts in me

focusing skills certificate Course

Cultivating my presence. Introducing a new language-ing and dialogue...

6 Jan 2018 - 7 Jan 2018

Liverpool, north west

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 1

introductory Course

Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense...

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Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. This day school can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and it also forms the first six hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. Day 2 will be on 21st October 2017 and 17th February 2018 If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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6 Jan 2018 - 6 Jan 2018

Canterbury, south east

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Freedom from “ego” Free online seminar

introductory Course

Freedom from ego... The term "ego" is used in so many contexts, most often negatively, like something we should not have...

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Freedom from ego... The term "ego" is used in so many contexts, most often negatively, like something we should not have or work to get rid of. But is this useful or even true? Might there be a more compassionate way to relate to what we call "ego".. and is there an ego after all? Join me in this free seminar exploring a fresh perspective on an old enemy! What does your body wisdom know about all of this? Thursday 11th January 2018, 10.00am GMT All seminars are held on "Zoom": an online video platform. which is free and needs registration. 10am GMT

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11 Jan 2018 - 11 Jan 2018

Online, skype worldwide

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LEVEL III: Recognising the language of the Blocking,Preventive and Standstill parts in me.

focusing skills certificate Course

Cultivating my presence. Introducing a new language-ing and dialogue.

13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018

Athens Greece, english speakers abroad

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Steps to radical inner change : Free online seminar

introductory Course

Steps to radical inner change Sometimes it seems like it is impossible to change our deepest habits and patterns. Perhaps...

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Steps to radical inner change Sometimes it seems like it is impossible to change our deepest habits and patterns. Perhaps we long for a different way of living or being but no matter what we do, we never achieve it? Or we make a big change and then rebel against it a few weeks later? How can we find a sustainable and holistic way of making big changes... in small and achievable steps. Tuesday 16th January 2018, 7.30pm GMT

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16 Jan 2018 - 16 Jan 2018

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Turning towards the world: Free online seminar

introductory Course

Turning towards the world The world is without doubt in crisis... ecologically, socially and politically. Can we sense something of this...

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Turning towards the world The world is without doubt in crisis... ecologically, socially and politically. Can we sense something of this in our direct experience? And if so how might we meet that? and how can meet all the feelings and responses that come there? What does Focusing have to offer this huge and often overwhelming situation?

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24 Jan 2018 - 24 Jan 2018

Online, skype worldwide

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Sharing Focusing in a group setting

specialist Course

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This 2-day residential workshop is open to experienced focusers with an interest in sharing Focusing in group settings. You do not need to be formally enrolled on a Focusing Teacher Training programme to attend. Participants' aims may range from offering short introductory workshops to running BFA Focusing Skills courses. The workshop will include input on different ways of teaching Focusing and listening, discussion and teaching practice opportunities. The emphasis will be on supporting and encouraging each participant to find their own unique approach to sharing Focusing. Our comfortable, countryside venue is the Purley Chase Centre, near Mancetter in Warwickshire. It is easily accessible by public transport from London and the North. Please email Kay for further details.

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26 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018

west midlands

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The inner compass: Online “Mini” course on Focusing decisions

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The inner compass How can we use the skills from Focusing to help us with decisions? Maybe you struggle with everyday...

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The inner compass How can we use the skills from Focusing to help us with decisions? Maybe you struggle with everyday choices around what to do or what to eat? Maybe you find it hard to make big decisions? Maybe you struggle with doubt and critical voices? For many years I have been using Focusing to help me make decisions. These might be everyday decisions about what needs doing with my work or parenting or with bigger life changing decisions, such as trainings or moving house. My body always knows something more about what next! This short online course (6 hours of learning) will explore using Focusing in the realm of decision making. Some of the skills and topics we will explore: Pausing and sensing into decisions What you body knows and what it doesn't! Ways to explore decisions in Focusing Welcoming all the voices and "opinions" that come Finding the right way for the whole of you! Course starts January 31st, 10-11.30am GMT. Costs £65.

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31 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018

Online, skype worldwide

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Deep Listening: 5 week online course begins

introductory Course

This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice...

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This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as Mindfulness Meditation or therapy. Some of the skills you will learn: • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond. 5 weeks starts 31st January. 7.15. Online course through zoom

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31 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018

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Nov - 2017

BFA Certificate in Focusing Level 1

focusing skills certificate Course

This two day workshop is run by Elizabeth Smith and Paula Newman in Harrow, NW London. It combines theory...

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This two day workshop is run by Elizabeth Smith and Paula Newman in Harrow, NW London. It combines theory with experiential exercises. We describe and draw on the work of Eugene Gendlin, Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. There is time to practise focusing in pairs and as a group during the day. Support in understanding the process is offered, with opportunity to discuss any questions you have. The group is typically quite small. Each day starts at 9.45am with refreshments and settling in time, and ends at 4pm. We expect to offer the rest of the Certificate in four more 2 day Levels during 2018, dates to be announced. Please note, this is a change to the previously advertised dates.

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20 Nov 2017 - 21 Nov 2017

Harrow, london

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An Introduction to Focusing

introductory Course

An eight week course to give you the essence of Focusing and Listening skills, which enables you to have Focusing practice...

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An eight week course to give you the essence of Focusing and Listening skills, which enables you to have Focusing practice partnerships, and to have Focusing in your life whenever you need it. It comprises Levels 1 and 2 of the Focusing Skills Certificate course, and there will be an option of continuing to the full 5 Levels. Wednesday afternoons 2pm - 5pm UK time. With Fiona Parr

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6 Sep 2017 - 25 Oct 2017

skype worldwide

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Focusing Retreat

specialist Course

Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in...

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in shorter forms for a very long time and I finally ran my first weekend this June. It was a great success and there has been interest in more so I'm putting it on again. I will still offer it at pretty low cost (mostly for the accommodation) with a sliding scale for those who can afford to make a bigger contribution. I welcome anyone with basic Focusing skills who is interested in exploring this together. What We Will Explore: (In Interconnected felt-sensing circles and in Focusing partnerships)

  • Being ourselves together - being authentically present, connected to ourselves, yet open and responsive to each other, our shared field and the wider reality beyond.
  • Being open to 'The Tragic Gap'* between how the world is and how we sense/know it could be - allowing room for our authentic feelings and responses (Staying with, yet not becoming lost in denial, panic, overwhelm and hopelessness - Letting all be present and given space).
  • Deepening our sense of our true contribution - open to what might be our right next step in offering our contribution - grounded in our authentic strengths and honest limitations.
*'The Tragic Gap' is a term coined by Parker Palmer a Quaker inspired educator who formed the Centre For Courage and Renewal in the USA - he has written a number of books including 'Healing the Heart of Democracy' and 'A Hidden Wholeness' Interconnected Felt-Sensing This is a group process centred in focusing that I've been developing for several years. Each time I have tried it has been unique, encouraging and I've been learning more each time. (I also tried a day with non focusers and it was very disappointing - which confirmed that knowing Focusing is an essential starting point!) Essentially the process involves us sitting together in a circle and listening in a Focusing way to 3 levels to:-
  • what's there inside
  • what is spoken in the group
  • the vast emergent intelligence beyond (this last comes from the radical physicist David Bohm's work and crosses readily with Gendlin's philosophy of process and environment.)
And there are a few simple guidelines to help us choose when and how to speak. My experience has been profoundly moving and left me with a uniquely wide sense of connection and belonging. That's why I want to do more! The structure of the weekend Arrival - we can arrive from mid afternoon, settle and have a simple meal together (or it's fine to arrive just in time for the evening circle) Friday evening - We will gather and have a first evening circle together with an introductory overview of the weekend and the approach and some time to introduce ourselves and get started in the group together. On Saturday we will have 2 circles one in the morning and one in the afternoon, time for Focusing and rest time which could happily be spent on a walk in the lovely nearby woods. The evening will be more unstructured offerings around the fire if it's fine this can be round an outdoor fire (I'll ask you to bring a contribution - music, a poem, a story) On Sunday we will again have some time for Focusing, have a final morning circle and finish after lunch. (The format and structure are provisional and I'm open to suggestions, improvements and adjustments) The Venue Old Litten Cottage is a lovely large thatched roof cottage in the Hampshire Countryside, near Petersfield, It's modernised with central heating, an open fire in the lounge and a large kitchen/dining area. There are 6 bedrooms so the opportunity for a private bedroom each if 6 of us - or 4 private 4 sharing if there's 8. Outside there is a lovely garden with a small patch of woodland and a view of open fields and very close by are lovely old growth woodland walks (you'll need walking boots and wet weather gear) Meals The venue is self catering so we will need to bring our own food and arrange food preparation, cleaning and washing up between us. I'll offer some guideline suggestions for what is needed and what we could each do and bring (we'll keep it simple) but there'll be some flexibility to work with what people feel moved to contribute. Low Cost Because this is still a fairly new venture for me and I gain a lot myself from running it - I'm offering on a sliding scale from £70 which just covers the venue to £120 - whatever you can afford. Plus a contribution towards the food (probabaly £20 or less). My Background Experience & The Inspiration For This I've always been drawn to groups and group work. I started teaching and facilitating in my 20s. I did a teaching qualification and have sought out and trained in many facilitation approaches. In my time I've taught Re-evaluation Co-counselling, Assertiveness and Self-Empowerment, Protective Behaviours (an Anti-Victimisation Process based on trusting your feelings) and Focusing. And I've facilitated many types of groups including identity liberation groups, Community Building Groups, Project Development groups, Work Practice Development groups and Open Space sessions for diverse and large interest groups.

The vision of this particular approach has been forming in me over the last 6 years. It's been most inspired of course by Focusing itself :-

  • that extraordinary resonance and sense of shared field many of us experience with our Focusing partners;

but also Focusing group work:-

  • Rob Foxcroft's Open Listening Circles
  • Bruce Nayowith's online Resonant Sensing for Peace circles
  • Shared Field groups
I've crossed this with a combination of;-
  • Scott Peck's Community Building approach (particularly my experience of a smaller ongoing group over several years)
  • David Bohm's Dialogue work (as introduced to me by Gill Wyatt, a Person Centred group work practitioner extending the work into the eco/synergy field)
  • Person Centred monthly community meetings (which in some ways are like a more psychological version of Quaker meetings. I had the privilege of attended a great one in my strong local Brighton Person Centred community for many years)
TO BOOK OR FOR MORE ONFO: Contact Sandy - wildbalance@gmail.com

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6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, south east

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Focusing Level 1: Introduction to Focusing

introductory Course

Learn how to listen to your inner wisdom through creating a positive inner relationship with yourself. Develop the knowledge and...

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Learn how to listen to your inner wisdom through creating a positive inner relationship with yourself. Develop the knowledge and skills to begin to practise Focusing alone, and to begin to listen to an other, so you can Focus with a companion. By the end of Level 1, you will have a basic understanding of the Focusing process. With Fiona Parr

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7 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Liverton, Devon, south west

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Focusing and Writing to access your creativity and improve personal wellbeing

introductory Course

You will learn basic Focusing skills and, by combining them with writing, explore ways of accessing the body’s wisdom and...

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You will learn basic Focusing skills and, by combining them with writing, explore ways of accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence. These are natural, safe and gentle skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with.  The combination of Focusing skills and trusting what comes in the writing helps us gain greater insight into issues in our lives, with opportunities for personal growth and greater creativity. No previous experience of Focusing or writing is required to experience the richness of what can unfold as we reconnect with the flow of life within us. Please bring writing materials. You can reserve your place here.

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15 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

Canterbury, south east

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 2

introductory Course

This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has...

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This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has already had an introduction to Focusing. Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. These two day schools can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and also form the first twelve hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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21 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

Canterbury, south east

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Online BFA skills course begins

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The online Focusing skills certificate is a complete and thorough foundation course in the art and skills of Focusing and...

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The online Focusing skills certificate is a complete and thorough foundation course in the art and skills of Focusing and listening. Once you have completed any introductory event, you can join the course. It comprises of four modules. Each module consists of five, two hour sessions over five weeks. There will also be partnership practice between sessions with other participants. They will take place using “Zoom”, a free online video conferencing platform. There will be a maximum of 6 people on the course, enabling a more intimate training. More details on the content for each module is found below. On these modules you will learn how to:

  • Listen with sensitivity and subtlety
  • Support the Focuser in difficult places
  • Listen to how the body “speaks”
  • Give suggestions and reminders to your Focuser
  • Find out where change and forward movement come from
  • Be with difficult and tangled issues
  • Be with critical and judgmental voices
  • Develop space for wholeness, healing and integration
Costs: £100 per module = £400 for the whole course. This can be paid per module, in a single payment or other instalment plans are available. Dates: Evening course. 7.15-9.15pm. Module 2: Monday September 4th. Module 3: Monday November 6th. Module 4: Monday January 15th 2018. Module 5: Monday 26th February 2018.

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4 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 1

introductory Course

Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense...

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Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. This day school can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and it also forms the first six hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. There will be another opportunity to attend Day 1 on Saturday 6th January 2018. Day 2 will be on 21st October 2017 and 17th February 2018 If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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16 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017

Canterbury, south east

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The gifts of the body in Focusing and listening

focusing skills certificate Course

This two day (Fri/Sat) workshop opens the door to a deeper connection to the wisdom of the body. It is...

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This two day (Fri/Sat) workshop opens the door to a deeper connection to the wisdom of the body. It is part of my Focusing Skills Course but can also be attended as a standalone workshop by anyone who has some experience of Focusing and listening. Please email for further details.

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22 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017

Cambridge, eastern

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Deep listening: Free talk in Stroud

introductory Course

This free talk, will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective...

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This free talk, will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as Mindfulness Meditation or therapy. Some of the skills you will learn: • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond.

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26 Sep 2017 - 26 Sep 2017

Stroud, south west

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Aug - 2017

Whole Body Mindfulness in Findhorn

specialist Course

Whole Body Mindfulness

Sat 12 August 2017 (7 Days)
Alex Maunder & Susan Miles
Beneath all of our stress...

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Whole Body Mindfulness

Sat 12 August 2017 (7 Days)
Alex Maunder & Susan Miles
Beneath all of our stress and trauma lies an inner wellspring of intelligence and vitality that knows how to move our life situations forward. Invite your power of awareness to awaken this intuitive power of your body wisdom through the natural process of Whole Body Mindfulness. Many people are carrying great emotional pain. Suffering is fine if it can lead to a growth in understanding but pointless and cruel if it merely results in repetitive patterns of behaviour. Seeing the bigger picture: I believe that I am here, like everybody else, to learn Life’s lessons and to move forwards. That can only happen when I stop being so reactive and learn to see things from a different perspective. The deepest reason why I practice and teach Whole Body Mindfulness is that it gives me an intuitive feeling of grounding, safety and support from something much bigger than my little ego. Then my nervous system can calm down, my body feels more relaxed and alive, and I am able to step back and to see the bigger picture. Self-Responsibility is the key: From this new perspective, with mindful self-awareness, I can take responsibility for the parts of my behaviour that are clearly wrong and have contributed to any disharmony in the whole situation. These are the bits that I can change and as I do so I become more empathic about other people’s behaviour. This insight suddenly opens me up to the new possibilities that are surrounding me all of the time, but I am unable to see them due to the stress and trauma of my old reactive patterns. There is only Learning: With Whole Body Mindfulness it is possible to learn, to let go and to move forwards. All the pain of wanting to be right and to prove the other person wrong suddenly vanishes. There is no right or wrong anymore, there is only learning. The intuitive insights learnt are so powerful that this becomes a spiritual practice in it’s own right that naturally leads to change and activates new neural pathways. This can powerfully contribute to the ongoing process of mindful self-observation and self-transformation. Intuitive Listening: We will also explore the value of intuitive listening with Whole Body Mindfulness. When connected to our grounded presence, our body wisdom knows how to be with and listen to the other person in a way that we do not. Going beyond the cognitive mind and all theories to a place of pure intuitive knowing, words come that are exactly the right thing to say at the moment as a way of supporting the speaker. Combining elements of the Alexander Technique with the Inner Focusing practice developed by Eugene Gendlin, Whole Body Mindfulness encourages more of the body into the process of self-enquiry, increasing grounded presence and energy flow. Please note: Whole Body Mindfulness includes aspects of The Alexander Technique. No prior experience of this work is necessary, but some hands-on bodywork skills will be taught.

Tiered Pricing: £1080 / £820 / £670

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12 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017

Findhorn Community, scotland

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BFA Summer Focusing Community Camp

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The first ever BFA Summer Focusing Community Camp will be an opportunity for Focusers and their family members to get...

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The first ever BFA Summer Focusing Community Camp will be an opportunity for Focusers and their family members to get together to Focus, socialise and have some fun in a relaxed outdoor setting.  As well as 1-1 Focusing time each day, the camp will offer opportunities for: workshops, presentations, group sharing, yoga, qigong, walking, playing games, skills-sharing, singing, music, dancing, and anything else we co-create as a group. Please let Kay know if you would like to offer a Focusing workshop or other activity during the camp. Activities will be mainly outdoors or under canvas and a camp fire will be lit each evening. We also have use of indoor facilities including meeting space and the kitchen. Our resident cook will be preparing a vegetarian lunch and dinner each day for those opting for the catered option, which will include self-serve breakfast . We want to create a ‘tribe’ feeling and the size of the camp will be limited to about 40 people. Please bring along any useful campsite accessories and come prepared to help with collecting wood, carrying water, washing up and other odd jobs. There are some rooms available in the centre for those who have physical issues that make staying in a tent difficult. We expect the camp to fill up, so early booking is advised. Arrive on the afternoon of  Thursday 24th—the camp will start with a pre-dinner gathering at 6pm. The camp will end after lunch on Monday 28th. Costs (per person): Camping only—£140 Camping with meals—£190 Shared room with meals—£240 Single room with meals—£290 Child camping only—FREE Child camping with meals— £30/£50 For booking enquiries contact: Camilla Sim camillasim9@googlemail.com Bookings will be accepted on completion of a booking form and payment of the full fee. For further information, workshop offers, and general enquiries contact: Kay Hoffmann kay.hoffmann@homecall.co.uk  

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24 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017

Cheltenham, south west

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Focusing skills course – online/in-person

introductory Course

This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their...

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This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their experience. The course will be largely experiential - an opportunity to explore Focusing at your own pace and to connect with others in a friendly, welcoming setting. Maximum group size: 5 participants. The format of the course is a combination of online seminars and one in-person workshop. Participants can choose to cover the whole course online if preferred. Zoom seminars will be on Mondays at 6-8pm. The first block of four weekly sessions will be held on Jan 16 - Feb 6th. There is no obligation to commit to the whole course in advance, so please feel free to sign up for the first four calls as a starting point. Please contact Kay for further details.

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16 Jan 2017 - 31 Jul 2017

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Focusing skills course

focusing skills certificate Course

This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their...

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This comprehensive course in Focusing and listening is open to beginners and to anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their Focusing experience. The course will be largely experiential: an opportunity to explore Focusing at your own pace and to connect deeply with others in a spacious, welcoming setting. Maximum group size: 5 participants. The format of the course is a combination of online seminars and one in-person workshop. Participants can choose to cover the whole course online if preferred. Zoom seminars will be on Wednesdays at 6-8pm. The first block of four weekly sessions will held be on Jan 18 - Feb 8th. There is no obligation to commit to the whole course in advance, so please feel free to sign up for the first four sessions as a starting point. Please contact Kay for further details.

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18 Jan 2017 - 31 Jul 2017

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Level II-B Embodied Listening – Accompanying myself and others through my body’s inner wisdom 10 am – 6pm

focusing skills certificate Course

  Level II-B  Embodied Listening - Accompanying myself and others through my body's inner wisdom (10 am - 6pm)  

2 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017

Sparti Greece, english speakers abroad

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Focusing Summer Camp

specialist Course

This will be an International Gathering of Focusers in Brittany France.  The teaching will be in English and  courses will...

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This will be an International Gathering of Focusers in Brittany France.  The teaching will be in English and  courses will be offered in Wholebody Focusing, Alexander Technique, Crania-sacral work and Yoga-Focusing. The emphasis of this Focusing camp is to spend at least half the time experiencing deep body work, and then to further process the insights gained from this with Focusing. Wholebody Focusing will allow the power of awareness to awaken the wisdom of your living body. Contact the intelligence and vitality that knows how to find a way forwards in your present life situation. Transform the conflicts and blockages that prevent you expressing your full potential. Suitable for all levels. Alex Maunder is a professional Alexander Technique teacher and a very experienced Focusing Trainer .  July 31st - Aug 6th 2017.  More detailed info at:   www.wholebodyfocusing.org

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17 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017

Guilliers, 56490 France, english speakers abroad

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Level V Responding from presence to my faultfinder(s) . A new relating to my inner critic(s) : relating to my FaultFinder through Focusing in Thinking at the Edge mode with Responsibility

focusing skills certificate Course

Level V  Responding from presence to my faultfinder(s) . A new relating to my inner critic(s) : relating to my...

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Level V  Responding from presence to my faultfinder(s) . A new relating to my inner critic(s) : relating to my FaultFinder through Focusing in Thinking at the Edge mode with Responsibility  

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22 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017

Liverpool, north west

Patricia Foster's BFA Page

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